Domestic & Family Violence, Domestic & Family Violence

Your support needed for those in Crisis

This month we are wanting to highlight the incredible work of McAuley Community Services for Women (McAuley). An organisation that continues to support women and children who have experienced family violence and/or homelessness throughout the COVID 19 pandemic.

The pandemic’s impact on those facing family violence and homelessness has been severe. In times of crisis, home is even less safe for those in abusive relationships. The very steps needed to contain the virus – restrictions on movement and isolation – will have heightened these risks, especially when other stresses such as unemployment and financial strain are looming. At the same time, it has been even more difficult for them to reach out for help.

According to a survey by Monash University, in Victoria over 50% of family violence workers have reported an increased in the frequency and severity of family violence since the start of the pandemic. While COVID-19 hasn’t caused family violence, it has increased barriers for women seeking help.

The very core of our approach has always been about social connections, a sense of community and individual empowerment. We have had to innovate to ensure we are supporting women and children to rebuild their lives following violence. Our staff have continued to think creatively to deliver our range of programs, which include; employment support, wellbeing and independence, online education support for children and legal case work. Through these difficult times we continue to work alongside women to plan the steps they need to take to move towards a new life free from violence.

Please join with us in doing what we can to support victims during every season.